Plas Newydd overlooks the panorama of the Snowdon range which is replicated in its dining room with the famous Rex Whistler mural. Penrhyn Castle brooding and Neo-Norman in design is unique in its grimness, whilst Ty Mawr is domestic and cosy, and one of the only remaining Welsh Town Houses of the 15th/16th century.
14th – 17th October 2018
Tel: 0207 251 0045
Price: From £689 for three nights
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Day 1: Arrive independently at the St George’s Hotel from 15.00 and enjoy a cream tea at 15.30. This evening there will be a welcome reception, dinner with wine and talk by Nicholas – ‘Rex Whistler, the Artist who went to War’.
Day 2: Plas Newydd and Penrhyn Castle.
First visit of the day is to Plas Newydd, Anglesey, and stately home of the Marquess of Anglesey, which enjoys spectacular views over the Menai Straits to the Snowdon range beyond. This panorama is vividly evoked in the dining room where Rex Whistler’s romanticised landscape is an example of his rich and nostalgic style. The grounds, thanks to the benign climate, are rich in colours throughout the year. Afternoon visit to Penrhyn Castle, an enormous house built in Neo-Norman style by the Douglas-Pennant family who were enormously rich thanks to the slate industry. Inside houses a fine collection of paintings and bizarre furniture designed to fill the gargantuan rooms; there is even a bed made of slate. This evening enjoy a second talk by Nicholas Merchant followed by dinner at the hotel.
Day 3: Caernarfon Castle and Portmeirion.
Today we visit Edward I’s Caernarfon Castle, a World Heritage site. It was here that the Prince of Wales was invested as Prince of Wales in 1969. Then lunch (included) and a visit to the 70-acre architectural folly of Portmeirion that is the eccentric creation of the Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis incorporating fragments of architecture rescued by its creator. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 4: Plas Mawr and Bodnant Garden.
Our last day of touring takes us to Plas Mawr, a unique Elizabethan town house built from 1576 by the Wynn family. Now immaculately restored by the Welsh heritage agency, it is regarded as “the finest surviving town house of the Elizabethan era”. Some free time in the ancient walled town of Conwy before heading to Bodnant Garden, an historic grade I listed horticultural gem, home to a worldwide botanical collection, including the Blue Poppy of the Himalayas. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.